[Fsf-friends] [Fwd]: Complimentary copies are not free

Ramanraj K ramanraj@md4.vsnl.net.in
Tue Jun 22 22:58:47 IST 2004

  Mahesh T. Pai wrote:

 >suggest that you spread the byline in the sig below. I wrote
 >specifically after seeing the news.
 >-- Mahesh T. Pai <<>> http://paivakil.port5.com
 >Distributing free copies of non-free software is like ....

They are not free copies and therefore, let us not call them as free copies.
It is better to say "Distributing complimentary copies of non-free ..."
The OED defines "complimentary" as "given free of charge".

Using complimentary items as bait and lure are common tricks, practised 
by drug peddlers and other crooks to trap and hook innocent and 
foolhardy people.  Warning the public in a plain and direct way is a 
duty for public minded people, and an _obligation_ for concerned 
government officials while discharging their public duties.  Now, 
disgrace and downfall is unavoidable for the hands dangling bait.

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